SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes Pendragon Theatre for one evening only, presenting a production of Moby Dick Rehearsed, by Orson Welles. The performance is on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the College Theater at Satterlee Hall. Karen Kirkham, well known to Pendragon audiences for her compelling direction over the last 15 years, is the director. Dr. Kirkham, a professor of theatre at Dickinson College, has completed extensive dramaturgical work for the production. Dr. Kirkham states:
“Call me Ishmael…” the most famous first line in American literature. Moby Dick, the novel everyone has heard of but most have not read. Moby Dick Rehearsed, the play that attempts to turn the 800-page novel into a two-hour play. That, in itself is a feat to admire. Orson Welles' 1955 play is little known. Even less known is Welles' repeated opinion in interviews later in life that this play "is my finest work in any form.”
Orson Welles' well known works include the radio play, The War of the Worlds and the film Citizen Kane. Noted theater critic Kenneth Tynan wrote, “With this Moby Dick, the theater becomes once more a house of magic."
Moby Dick Rehearsed, Orson Welles' adaptation of Hermann Melville’s epic mythical novel, brings the fateful voyage of the Pequod to life using the power of acting and imaginative theatrics. Moby Dick Rehearsed is simply a thrilling sailor's yarn of a perilous, unforgettable adventure at sea.
Through the support of a grant from Dickinson College, Dr. Robert Pound has composed original music to underscore Pendragon’s production. Much of the music recorded and performed by Michael Cameron is for solo cello.
The Pendragon production includes two SUNY Potsdam alumni, Donna Moschek '08 and Brandon Patterson '07, as well as Jason Amrhein, Leslie Dame, Jordan Hornstein, Chris Leifheit, Chris McGovern, Tyler Nye and Bob Pettee.
Pendragon Theatre, the Adirondack's only year-round professional theatre, is supported in part with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, a CAP grant from the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks, Corporate Sponsors including Guide Boat Realty and Homenergy Services, as well as foundations, businesses and individuals.
Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 SUNY Potsdam faculty & staff and senior citizens; and $5 for SUNY Potsdam students with ID. Seating at the performance will be by general admission and tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. For further information, please call 315-267-3394 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.